Successful long term weight loss is difficult to achieve for most people. Many have tried diets that may help with weight loss temporarily, and then they gain back the weight later. Weight they lost plus some additional pounds.
For this reason more and more, people are turning to acupuncture treatment trying to deal with their problem once and for all.
Acupuncture is an approach that is more than 5,000 years old. Older than Western medicine, therapies and practices. Acupuncture weight loss treatment is not what most people think of when they consider acupuncture.
Inserting hair-thin needles into particular spots on the skin is believed to help the body function as nature intended. Acupuncture stimulates the body to release endorphins, the body's own "feel-good" pain-relieving chemical. It may be the reason acupuncture can be effective as weight loss treatment - by releasing endorphins to control food cravings.
With an overweight patient, the acupuncture specialist will first perform an examination and ask questions. It is an effort to understand the causes of the person's excess weight.
It may be merely behavioral, or there could be a physiological reason. Once the causes of the problem are identified, the acupuncture specialist will perform the acupuncture procedure. For example, he will probably use a multi-targeted approach.
One strategy may be an attempt to lower the body's weight by increasing the output of the pituitary gland. Reducing food cravings is certainly the goal, and attempting a decrease in natural appetite. Certain needle placements are thought to lower insulin levels or lipid levels in the blood.
The advantage of acupuncture for weight loss is that unlike medications, there are no harmful side effects and no chance of addiction.
It is a means of boosting the body’s natural balance. Acupuncture has proven effective in treating post-operatve nausea. However, conventional medicine has a tendency to marginalize the potential of acupuncture.
Acupuncture treatment may need to be repeated regularly in order to maintain its effects. However, the acupuncture specialist will instruct the patient that this treatment on its own is not likely to result in long term, permanent weight loss.
It has to be combined with diet and exercise. Certain guidelines are in order as to what to eat and what to avoid in order to promote the regular flow of energy throughout the body.
To those struggling with a stubborn weight problem it might be worthwhile to consider acupuncture.